I’ve written before about the trials and tribulations of owners with felines who stop using the litter box. Inappropriate urination is an incredibly common problem, and one of the most frequent reasons that cats are relinquished to shelters. A decade of practice in veterinary medicine has brought to my attention a number of litter box misconceptions, miscalculations and misappropriations. Read on to see if you might be guilty of some common “litter box no-no’s” that can be avoided to ensure that Fluffy has the most welcome and inviting litter pan environment possible.
‘Tis the season! Flea and tick season, that is! Warm weather brings along with it parasites of all shapes and sizes. Pennsylvania is rife with external and internal parasites that can affect our cats and dogs. Ticks are by far the most prevalent parasite in our area, but fleas, heartworm, mange mites and intestinal parasites are also a significant threat. I’m a strong advocate for year-round parasite control, as our weather is unpredictable and unseasonably warm winter days can lead to year-round tick activity.